During a three-week Global Arts Workshop, students will investigate the unique visual artistry inherent in Czech theater, its history and influence in Eastern Europe, and its application in contemporary theater performance.
Steeped in a legacy of theater performance rooted in the visual tradition, Prague is home and host to some of the most innovative work in theatrical design and performance. This course will trace the genealogy of design-influenced performance from its roots in the concentration camps of World War II, where the practice of using found objects in imaginative ways began as a means for creating the world of the play, to the latter 20th century, when theater artists invented new ways of communicating visually with their audiences as a means to escape censorship from totalitarian government officials.
Through architectural and gallery tours as well as Czech theater performances, we will investigate the historical and political conditions from which Eastern European theater emerged in the 20th century and the influence of visual design in contemporary Czech theater.
The course will include hands on workshops where we will explore tools and approaches for collaboration between the visual and performing arts as well as new ways of incorporating visual arts into storytelling and performance.
Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 units of the Interdisciplinary Seminar.
Program fee includes mandatory excursions and some meals.
Other Major Costs to Consider:
See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on opportunities.
Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.
Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.